Having grown up in Louisiana and worked for defense attorneys for many, many years, I didn’t have a very high opinion of chiropractors. Louisiana used to have billboards that read something like “We’re the only state that doesn’t license chiropractors” so, growing up seeing that, and knowing the attitude of defense attorneys towards chiropractors, I would never go to one!
Until . .
I have been having so much trouble with my right foot. It got to the point where I could hardly walk and I mentioned it to a friend in the medical field and he told me I needed to see a podiatrist so that’s when we went to see one in Abilene. She x-rayed my foot and found a little arthritis and recommended a shoe insert and no flip flops so . . no flip flops and I’ve been wearing her inserts in my shoes and I had no relief. Then I went to a podiatrist here in town. He again x-rayed my foot and said he didn’t even see arthritis. He put me on a prednisone pack (6 days) and a prescription pain cream for inflammation. By the second day of taking prednisone, despite it making me feel bad, my foot was so much better but about three days after I’d taken the last pill, the foot pain was back.
I’ve seen the doctor here 3 or 4 times and when I went earlier this week, he gave me another prescription for yet another prednisone pack.
In the meantime, since my first visit to the podiatrist, my right hip started hurting, then the back of my right thigh, then my left hip, and then the outside of my left knee and a bit down the outside of my left upper shin area. I did a bit of research (and you know how much doctors love that) and decided I had sciatica. I’m going to visit with a friend in the medical field this weekend and I figured I’d ask her about it and see what she thinks. I’ve been paying more attention to how I’m sitting while knitting and in general, paying attention to what I’m doing. For a minute or two, out of desperation, I thought about seeing a chiropractor but talked myself out of it.
Tuesday night we watched a documentary on chiropractors (pro-chiropractor). I’ve been around the block enough times to know not to believe everything I see and hear on TV but what I heard made a lot of sense. I figured at this point, what do I have to lose. During the middle of watching the documentary, Vince said “Have you thought of seeing a chiropractor for your foot?” Right then I texted a friend who works for a chiropractor here in town and I said “I need to see a chiropractor” and we texted back and forth and Wednesday morning at 9:30 I saw the chiropractor. While I’m not cured after one visit, I’m pretty impressed with what I saw (x-rays) and what he told me and the bit of relief I already feel.
I liked the guy a lot! He sat and talked with me and explained everything. Pointed to good and bad areas on my x-rays.
The x-rays showed that all my disc spaces are great . . no back issues. The movements he did showed that my hips are good. I was fearing double hip replacements with the pain I was having. Nope, hips are good. He feelsI do have sciatica, and I never told him that was my own diagnosis. There’s some crooked stuff around the hip area and when he mashed way down on my low back .. almost to my hips . . OUCH!
He did some manipulation and some kind of electronic therapy and we’ll continue this for a while and see if there’s improvement. I’m more hopeful than I’ve been for a while.